There were a number of exciting moments in the Super Bowl in which the Dallas Cowboys made a stunning comeback from a 25-point deficit to upset the favored New England Patriots. This was a very historic moment for the Dallas Cowboys, since it marked the first time in the Super Bowl era that a team had won after trailing by 25 points. But, there was a twist in this story. After the game, the NFL’s commissioner Roger Goodell was asked a question about the Patriots’ draft picks being possibly traded away after the Deflategate scandal. He replied, “This is a great story, a great comeback. It’s a great character-building moment for a team.” His response was pretty underwhelming,
The following is an excerpt from an article I wrote about the Nollywood actress and singer, Stella Damasus: “A true woman of God should see herself as a weapon of God. She should protect others at all costs. She should be a shield of God. She must not be a victim. She must not be a shield of man. She must not be a victim. She must be a fighter. She must be the star of her own life and see herself as an instrument of God. True women of God should never be afraid to wield the sword. She must always fight evil with the word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.”
A few weeks ago, a video of a young black man being beaten by a white man went viral. In the video, the victim, who was wearing a red shirt, was seen being stomped on by a man in a black shirt. The beating was caught on a surveillance cam. What happened later was even more shocking. The attackers, Shawn William Micaey and Justin Ross Harris, were charged with murder. The case has drawn a lot of attention, especially because it happened to a black man. It has also drawn a lot of criticism from people who believe by not acting, the police should have stopped the beating. “Violence, protection and crucial lesson.”
The Western genre dates back to the 1890s, and up until the 1970s, actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Steve McQueen were regarded some of the coolest people on the planet. In the 1980s and 1990s, a few titles were published, but they weren’t enough to reclaim the public’s attention. Filmmakers are reviving the genre by making Neo-Western films, which are set in modern America and mirror the Western aesthetic. The films ‘No Country for Old Men,’ ‘The Longest Ride,’ and ‘Aint Them Bodies Saints’ are all noteworthy.
‘Old Henry’ is described as a micro western written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli, best known for the Billy Ray Cyrus sitcom ‘Still the King.’ It is essentially a story of good and evil on a small piece of land, but it is extremely tough, clearly reflecting the life people lived back then with no cops, no law, and people lived and died by the gun.
Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, Trace Adkins, and Stephen Dorff appear in the film. This film made its international debut on September 7th at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, where it garnered great reviews, and it will be released in theaters on October 1st.
The story of ‘Old Henry’ is set in 1906 in Oklahoma Territory. In fact, the main character, Tim Nelson, is a native of the town, so it’s a natural match. He plays the titular character, a widower who tends to his crops and instills moral values in his kid while living in a run-down isolated farmhouse. The property is in the middle of nowhere, and his adolescent son Wyatt, played by Gavin Lewis, is fed up with the monotony of farm life. Now, Wyatt, like any normal teenager, doesn’t enjoy living here and feels trapped, and his grandfather is a little too, well, old fashioned. But don’t be deceived by Henry’s scruffy appearance; there’s a lot more to him than that rough expressionless mask of a face.
The film begins with a guy escaping from three others who are following him. Unfortunately, he is shot down, and the trio tortures him in order to extract vital information. Once the three is finished abusing the unfortunate creature, they strangle him to death with a rope, as if he were an ordinary animal. Ketchum, played by Stephen Dorff, is the head of the wicked group that poses as a cop. He is, however, a deranged psychopath with a condescending grin, a character in which the actor excels.
A wounded, unridden horse appears on Henry’s doorway while he is minding his own thing. When the elderly guy arrives to investigate, he discovers a man who has been fatally shot in the chest. He considers going about his work and leaving the wounded stranger to his destiny, but a bag of money convinces him otherwise, and he takes him in. Now the three musketeers arrive at Henry’s door, claiming to be on the trail of the aforementioned guy. To the surprise of his son and the criminals, Henry is compelled to remove his disguise and reveal the brave, badass gunslinger lurking behind that wide-brimmed cowboy hat.
Potsy’s love for the Western genre shines through in this film’s directing. The hints leading up to the story’s major reveal are strategically placed throughout the film. All of the action sequences, despite the brutality, are well choreographed, precise, and dynamic, creating tension and conflict while providing thrills.
The music soundtrack, composed by Nashville-based multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lehning, is full of melancholy strings and quiet disturbance, which Potsy used to keep the tempo constant while allowing the different scenes to breathe. It’s an amazing sight, despite the fact that it’s a bit of a slow burn.
The camerawork is really stunning, experimenting with various perspectives and angles. Various broad shots emphasize the setting’s severe isolation and susceptibility to trespassers, adding to the realism. The production design is also excellent, with an occupied rustic vibe that accurately depicts the scene during the time period depicted in the film.
Tim Nelson is a dominating leading guy, and the casting could not have been better. Being a talented and varied actor, as well as a fantastic filmmaker, he is most known for the Coen Brothers’ film “Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” He fully controls the main character in every manner, a slow-burning figure who, like Clint Eastwood and other genre veterans, is adept at putting things into his own hands. From his physical appearance to his mannerisms, clothing, and the way he speaks, everything blends together to create a completely formed and admirable persona. As the tale progresses, viewers discover more about who this strange-looking guy is, which Tim delivers with charming gnarly conviction, to to the delight of the audience.
Stephen Dorff is excellent as the villainous Ketchum with a pitch-black heart, Haze’s character is a little bit of a lukewarm one, truly ambivalent with wavered loyalty, something the actor keeps throughout the film, country star Trace Adkins blends in nicely into the perfectly cast ensemble, and Lewis delivers the ultimate eye-opening moment of a son too quick to patronize his old man without truly understanding him.
This feel-good western is mostly about violence and atonement, as well as father-son interactions. It is a well-crafted old-fashioned yet sturdy work that provides a comprehensive insight into the notorious Wild West’s history. It brings to light the more complex dark truths that lie underneath the world’s symbols. Despite the fact that, with all of the recent comic-based films and action films, it is probably not the most popular genre right now, it is a pleasant and enjoyable movie that is well worth your time.
SCORE: 8 OUT OF 10
At the end of last year, I wrote an article about the controversial Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. This article was based on my own personal experience with suicide, which I will not go into detail about here. The series was based on a young girl named Hannah Baker who committed suicide after she made 13 tapes explaining the events leading to her death. She explains in the tapes how she was bullied, events she caused herself, etc. This series has caused a huge controversy, with many people claiming that the series glamorizes suicide and that it should not be available to children. I disagree. This show shows that bullying is wrong, and those who commit suicide are not cowards. If anything, those who commit suicide are brave people. Read more about violence prevention programs in schools and let us know what you think.
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